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Young Adult Fiction 849
Great Dystopian Thriller
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Anaya has horrible allergies to everything; plants, food, animals. They also cause her to have terrible acne, and she is just weary of going to school when she is feeling bad. Petra, who used to be her friend, is allergic to water. It's a far more debilitating allergy, but it doesn't make her look as bad as Anaya's allergies do. Seth doesn't have allergies, but he has struggled in foster care, finally ending up with the Antos family on their farm in Canada. When black, spiky, stubborn plants start taking over the island where the three live, they all notice odd things about the plants. Anaya's father works for the government dealing with plants, and notices how they are growing even where other things aren't. Petra gets caught out in the rain right before the plants start growing, and notices that the water does not make her skin react. She saves the water, and in a day or two, there are small plants growing in that water. Seth and Mr. Antos try to burn out the plants on the farm, only to realize that the resulting smoke is toxic. Not only that, but there is a field near school where the plants don't grow... but that turns out to be because the plants are growing underground and sneak up on animals and humans to drag them under to eat them! Everyone is in a panic, scientists are trying to find out where these plants have come from, and Anaya, Seth and Petra realize that they are all bound by an awful secret from their pasts. Will the world survive?
Good Points
There have not been a lot of new dystopian thrillers recently, and since The Hunger Games came out in 2008, there is a need for some new ones. Bloom is tautly creepy, with dastardly plants that are completely unforgiving, awesome scenes of destruction, and a really cool twist about our three protagonists... wow. Hatch is set to come out in fall of 2020, and Thrive in summer of 2021, and I will be ordering all of the books.

This had a fair amount of science, and having an invasive plant based dystopia was rather inspired. The characters are all well developed, and readers will find the allergies and other conditions interesting, especially since they have a creepy tie in to the plant invasion!

I loved the science, the evil plants, and the nonstop action! This reminded me a tiny bit of both Patterson's Maximum Ride and Faulkner's The Assault. Bloom is sure to be a hit, and the sequels will be worth the wait!
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